So Long, Farewell, to You My Friend!

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Meet Meagan Johnson, a Senior majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. She is also minoring in History and Political Science and is from Hackberry, Louisiana. Meagan is involved in LSU Ambassadors, Collegiate 4-H, University Baptist Church and served as a Parent Orientation Leader this past summer.

Louisiana State University has become more than just a school for me. It is a place I call home and a place that has given me more than I could ever give in return. With my last finals week at LSU coming to an end, I have begun looking back on my time here. I can see all of the opportunities LSU has brought into my life from life-long friends, impacting professors, the opportunity to study abroad, life changing organizations and memories of it all to last a life time. It is really hard to believe that my time at LSU is coming to an end, but I am looking forward to the last experience I get to have at LSU with many of my closest friends dressed in caps and gowns.

In many ways, it is surreal to me that I will actually be getting a diploma next week. I have dreamed of this day for many years and now that it is here I have mixed feeling about it. I am excited that all of my stressing, studying, late nights and prayers are about to pay off as I officially earn my degree. However, I will miss all of the memories I made here and the people that have made my time at LSU so special. I am a very lucky girl to have had so many great experiences here and I do not want it to end just yet.

I cannot express how grateful I am to everyone that has helped me through this experience. I would not be graduating or attending law school in the fall without the constant support and guidance. Getting to have this last experience with my friends that started with me in 2012 is the perfect way to end our journey at LSU. We can look back on this experience with a smile and look ahead to our adventures to come!

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To SPIN or not to SPIN

Meet Troi Benjamin, a IMG_9156Human Resource Education major, Leadership and Development concentration, Business Administration minor, from New Orleans, Louisiana. Involved in LSU Ambassadors, currently an Associate chair for the Orientation committee, student worker for the Office of Orientation.

Spring Invitational: An orientation for outstanding students who are invited to participate in this prestigious event. Spring Invitations’ staff is dedicated to the students to ensure an exceptional time and aiding in recruiting the future tigers. There are added benefits to coming to Spring Invitational besides having a summer to yourself. Students who attend Spring Invitational have the opportunity of receiving college credit before attending college, scheduling classes with first priority, and enjoying the extraordinary company of other high achieving students.

During Spring Invitational, there are many resources for the exceptional students to hear about in addition to seeing their college advisors more than once to guide them on the journey to scheduling classes. Every student is broken into groups based on a random selection within their senior college, this allows for students to meet potential classmates and/or friends.

I did not get the opportunity to be an attendee of Spring Invitational, but has not been a barrier to my passion of Orientation. I have served many different roles for Spring Invitational over the past 3 years of being an LSU Ambassador. I began as an Orientation Leader in 2013, moved into being a College Leader in 2014, and I currently hold one of the Associate Chair positions, while working for the Office of Orientation.

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Associate Chair Role: Working as one of the associate chairs for Spring Invitational allowed me to see the program from another angle. There are more aspects to Spring Invitational than just being an Orientation Leader and serving the students directly. As one of the Associate chairs, I was aided in assigning all volunteers who worked Spring Invitational. This position allowed me to understand how if one piece of the puzzle is missing, you do not have to panic but adjust your puzzle.

Student Assistant Role: I originally believed that there wasn’t much student interaction done between the student assistants and the students attending Spring Invitational, but oh was I wrong! As a student worker every day of Spring Invitational we are set up in the Orientation Headquarters to answer any and every questions asked by a future tiger or parent. We as the Office of Orientation are here for the assisting of every individual at Orientation.

My word of advice to all students who get invited to Spring Invitational would be to dive in to SPIN and allow the potential memories to take over and fall in love with being an LSU Tiger who will bleed Purple and Gold 24/7!AMB Photo

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Why STRIPES?

IMG_3286Bio: English major, Junior, from Marshall, Texas. Involved in LSU Ambassadors, served as a STRIPES small group leader for 2 years, currently serving on executive staff

STRIPES bio: extended orientation program focusing on history and traditions, spirit, and making students feel more at home and have a more personal or intimate connection with campus and with other future tigers. It stands for Student Tigers Rallying Interacting and Promoting Education and Service.

Take it from someone who heard about STRIPES and said “Ew. That sounds lame.” STRIPES is worth your time. Though I was never a participant at STRIPES, this program has shaped me and changed me more than I can express in 500 words or less. However, this isn’t about me, is it? It’s about you. And how STRIPES can change your life like it changed mine.

S is for spirit.

I don’t necessarily mean cheer camp or fired up spirit. While this program is fun and energetic, it instills a sense of pride for LSU that doesn’t have to be loud and noisy. Whether you’re more introverted or extroverted, there are parts of the program that can show you how sweet it can be to be a tiger.

Just an example, all participants get a little card with the lyrics to the LSU alma mater, and line by line, we sing it together. What a resource. I was mumbling those lyrics for a solid year and a half after football games, and knowing that it said “worth” and not “birth” would have been handy.

T is for tradition.

Did you know that LSU is one of the only universities with a land grant, a sea grant, and a space grant? Did you know that we have the Indian Mounds on campus, a landmark older than the Egyptian pyramids? Did you know that Death Valley started our as a residence hall and somehow was magically converted a football stadium by Governor Huey P. Long?

LSU’s history is full of wild, interesting tidbits, making it a unique university with tons of interesting fun facts. And while I might be a little partial, I think ours are more interesting than any other school in the SEC – two words for you Bama, GEAUX and TIGERS.

But I digress. All of these interesting tidbits are things that I learned from the STRIPES program.

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R is for respect.

There are 30,000 students on this campus and they all come from different walks of life. Aspects of the program focus on getting students to see from the perspectives of others, and to unite the student body. No matter our gender, racial identity, sexuality, political party, or economic class, we’re all tigers. That’s something we can’t forget when starting a new chapter.

I have seen STRIPES give students the pen they needed to keep writing that chapter. Students can leave with a respect not only for their campus, but for the 30,000 beautiful individuals that call it home.

I is for intelligence.

STRIPES works with LSU’s Center for Academic Success and the Olinde Career Center to give students resources to help them succeed for their first semester and beyond. One of my favorites is the Learning Style Preference Assessment, where students are given strategies that are individualized to help them learn to the best to their own ability. Also, students get to see the faces of the workers at those offices, opening doors for them to be unafraid to ask for help.

P is for people.

This is my favorite letter because the people at STRIPES are some of the programs greatest assets. STRIPES has over 60 qualified student leaders that come from every corner of campus. These student leaders take on the role of mentorship for participants, for the program and beyond.

Staff aside, students are put into small groups that go through the program together.   There is something special about watching groups go from painful small talk to camaraderie in four short days. I have no idea how it happens, but somehow I have found every small group I have ever had laughing while eating breakfast without student leaders  having to drive the conversation.

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E is for eats.

Okay, honestly maybe this is my favorite letter. STRIPES is catered by some of Baton Rouge’s best restaurants and caterers – they believe and invest in the program and I thank them from the bottom of my heart and stomach. One new part of the program – GEAUXchella – is a Baton Rouge appreciation festival that will bring in restaurants from the Baton Rouge area to show students that Baton Rouge has cool things for students off of campus as well as on campus.

S is for stories.

Before my freshman year of college, I though STRIPES was lame. Let’s blame that on me being uncomfortable at LSU. Stripes showed me that whether LSU was my first choice (which it wasn’t) or at the bottom of my back-ups (which it was), there was something I could find on campus that would not only make me successful on campus, but make me feel like I belonged in the midst of 30,000 terrifying strangers. While this was comforting as a sophomore, it would have been a real life-saver as a freshman.

Thus ends my plea. As a group leader, I have seen this program do amazing things for students. And it’s my firm belief that it can do that for anyone. As a small group leader, I have met so many people and learned their stories, and those stories have pushed me, inspired me, and given me so much confidence that I am in the right place.

If you’re on the fence, give it a try. You might surprise yourself.

 

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Big Ideas in Baton Rouge

Meet MorgaScreen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.58.58 AMn Kastner a senior Business Management major from Denham Springs, Louisiana. Kastner is part of the TEDxLSU Creative Communications Team, where she works with the PR/Outreach and Writing subteams. She has recently become a Communication across the Curriculum intern.

TED is a non-profit global organization dedicated to spreading ideas and creating a dialogue for change. As part of TED, TEDxLSU is an independently organized and local event devoted to sparking discussion and connection within our community of Baton Rouge. The event is put on by dedicated LSU staff, faculty, students, and community members.

As part of the TEDxLSU Creative Communications Team and Communication across the Curriculum intern, my job is to help put together the TEDxLSU event. TEDxLSU presents speakers from around Baton Rouge and surrounding areas to talk about ideas worth spreading, this year’s topics include: cancer research, childhood obesity, animatronics, comics, and more. In addition to the talks themselves, the event consists of various interactive exhibits that also showcase innovation and the importance of community connections for the area. The event culminates in a closing celebration during which attendees, speakers and community partners engage each other and the talks they heard that day.

But this event does not happen overnight. LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program (CxC) brought the first TEDxLSU to life in 2013 and has been spearheading the event since then. In 2014 CxC created the Student Creative Communications Team. In 2015 TEDxLSU’s staff organization team expanded into the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and the result of these new developments each year is increased opportunities for students, like me, to undergo experiential learning while engaging the Baton Rouge area. The TEDxLSU organizers, TEDxLSU Creative Communications Team members, and dedicated community members work around the clock from August to March to put this event together.

The Creative Communications Team is comprised of students from various academic programs spanning from engineering to art and design, and it is broken into different subteams: Event Logistics, PR/Outreach, Writing, and Visual Communication. We work in our independent subteams to finish certain projects, but most of our plans require tedxcollaboration between multiple teams. For example, I work across two teams extensively in order to promote this event. 

Along with working on promoting and setting up for the event, our organizers have also taken us on educational adventures, including trips to Baton Rouge’s Creative Bloc and Vivid Ink Graphics. Here, we talked with Baton Rouge creatives to learn about different industries and processes of various fields, further spreading ideas through our community.

We are gaining real-world experience in our intended fields and getting to work closely with influential community members within and outside of LSU. For example, I am managing all of our social media ads with money donated to us by the Baton Rouge Business Report. I get to work closely with their Chief Innovation Officer to learn how to optimize my budget and yield high results. I’ve also had meetings with Mary Ellen Slayter, CEO of Reputation Capital Media Services, to discuss my writings for TED that were published by 225 Magazine. And my favorite experience with TED so far was being asked to be a CxC intern.  As a CxC intern, I get to work alongside the organizers to fully understand the wide scope of responsibilities that go into making this event and expanding my skills by taking charge of different projects.  Through these projects I have come to understand the importance of collaboration, analysis, and engaging community members. These new skills can be applied to many fields and will benefit me no matter where my future takes me. Not only do I feel that I have learned countless invaluable skills and lessons, but also that I am highlighting amazing work that is happening in our community and pushing our city towards progression, creation, and innovation.  


By hosting this TEDx event each year, as a student, not only do I gain experience and form connections, but I also have the opportunity to showcase Baton Rouge’s thriving arts community, scientific innovations, and cultural movements. And by sharing we inspire ourselves and future generations everywhere to keep learning, creating, and innovating. That’s why I invited my parents, siblings, andtex2 friends to come to the event. I want them to see how much this event has already impacted my life and how much it could impact our community.

Join the discussion for change and create a connection of your own in our community. Visit www.tedxlsu.com. Together, we can spread some of the best ideas our community has to share.

 

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Meet MattheIMG_4883w Boudreaux, a Junior from Lafayette, LA. Matt is studying Human Resource Education – Leadership and Development. He also serves as the Orientation Team Leader for FOAP 2016, LSU Ambassadors, Greek Ambassadors, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

What’s that I hear? Sounds like police sirens combined with a marching band but also little hint of Cajun music?!?!….Ohh its must be MARDIS GRAS season! Perhaps one of the holidays looked forward to by most Louisianan’s is officially upon us! During this time you can see a King Cake in every home and office, beads hanging from the electrical lines along the street and everyone rocking a green, yellow and purple Perlis rugby shirt! But how did this little holiday celebrated in the south actually come about?

Mardis Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, is a celebration of the Christian feast of the Three Kings. This is why we have we have things like King Cake with a plastic baby hidden inside (to represent Jesus Christ). We do everything BIGGER and BETTER in the south so that is why you see miles of parade floats and tons and tons of beads being throw because we just want to celebrate! During a typical Mardis Gras season, the average person will attend local parades in their hometowns and catch up with old friends and family. They will all get together along a parade route, visit, eat together and anxiously await the parade krewe, yes Krewe, to pass in front of them throwing beads, toys, cups and maybe even some more random items. IMG_3794

Perhaps if you are lucky enough, you will even attend a Mardis Gras Ball during the season. A Ball is a formal event put on by the heads of a Mardis Gras Krewe. Everyone who is invited to the Ball gets dressed up in a tux or a formal gown and have one big party! At the beginning, the court of the Ball is presented. This includes the King and Queen, the Maids and Dukes, and even some entertainment from the Court Jester! After that, it is time to party! Fun, dancing and music will carry on until the early hours of the morning for any good Mardi Gras Ball. I was lucky enough to attend my first Ball this past weekend with the Krewe of Olympus in Lafayette, LA! My best friend Megan was a maid of the Krewe and she invited me as her guest! It was truly an awesome experience and I can’t wait to do it all over again this coming weekend with the Krewe of Christopher in Thibodaux, LA!

Some of my favorite memories of the Mardis Gras season were when I was younger and back in my hometown. I lived right along the parade route for my hometown’s parade so I would be woken up by loud music and people every year. All I had to do was throw on my Mardis Gras colors and walk out the front door to join the party. I remember playing in the front yard with my friends and family as people would walk by and we would wait for the parade to get to us. There would always be a smell of gumbo, jambalaya and King Cake in the air and we’d always have the music blaring in the background. Then we would hear the police sirens…that was when the parade was officially here! By the end of the parade, I would have bags and bags of beads (one time even a truck load), enough cups to fill a shelf in the kitchen and also some other fun little prizes. Celebrating with my family and friends every Mardis Gras season is always the highlight.

If you’re not fIMG_3792rom Louisiana and are even the slightest bit interested in this “crazy” celebration…PLEASE book your flight now and head on own to the Boot because we would love to have you and show you what Mardis Gras is all about! And if you are from the great state of Louisiana, I can’t wait to see you walking the streets and yelling, “HEY THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER!”

 

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Finding The Major Key To Your Major

 

11011182_10205311904024452_5584625840562960430_nMeet Tori Callais, a Senior majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. She is also minoring is social work and sociology and is from Denham Springs, Louisiana. Tori is involved in LSU Ambassadors, NSCS, Leadership LSU and served as the Orientation Team Leader this past summer.

College is about finding out what you’re passionate about, who you are, who you want to be and finding what makes you excited to learn. Many of those things come from declaring your major once, twice, or maybe a few more times (it happens). Each major is like a different shoe and it’s up to you to find the perfect style and fit for you. Once you find that major that makes you excited to learn and passionate about going to class- it’s a pretty incredible feeling. Sometimes finding it can take years, or maybe if you’re lucky you knew right from the start. But once you find the major that is fit for you and challenges you, how do you react when people shut it down? Or decide that your major and your passions are irrelevant?

There always seems to be this ranking of “important majors” to “less important majors.” You can hear it walking through the Student Union or the library on any given day. “Oh you’re an engineer? You’re going places!” “Oh, you’re majoring in Liberal Arts? Oh…”. Needless to say comments like these help keep this system of “important” majors and “less important” majors in the mindset of many students. But why do we celebrate some majors over others instead of supporting the pursuit of different academic realms? best-memes-boromir

When talking to my best friend the other day about our majors, I noticed that we both have found our niche in college and although our majors aren’t considered money makers in the future, they truly inspire us to learn as much as possible and to continue our academic careers. One thing he said that was upsetting and was something I identified with as well, was how when he told people his major they looked at him with disapproval or even pity. His major of sports administration prompts many questions from friends and family alone of, “what are you going to do with that?” Comments like, “that’s not a real major” from outsiders don’t do much to help one’s confidence on their academic endeavors. Both of our majors will require us to attend graduate school after our undergraduate years, but we both love what we study and going to school a little longer is a plus for us. This conversation I had with him has been repeated in different ways with other friends countless times, and I’m sure other students have had similar conversations as well. So, what do you do if the only people who see the value in your degree are at a limited number?

Tips and tricks for those who have ever been this situation: 

* Be confident in your studies. You chose your degree path for a reason, and it’s important to be confident in that decision. If you aren’t confident in your studies, who else will be?

* Take time to explain why you chose your degree path, and the different places it can take you.

* Don’t be afraid to open up dialogue about your passions. When people see your excitement about your major, they will be able to see the significance of it.

* Encourage others to open up meaningful dialogue with others about what their degree path offers for them.

Although my major does not guarantee a hefty paycheck one day, my academic studies have made me find what I want to pursue after college. I am always excited to go to class because I am learning about something I truly love and want to gain more knowledge on. You’ll never hear me complaining about one of my classes, and I walk with confidence about my degree. Remember that college is a huge and it can be your platform to be the person you want to be. Always stay true to who you are and find your own passion, no matter the title of the degree. And of course, Love Purple and Live Gold!12299110_10205596576741092_4483773923760294457_n

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Back to School

11885339_955484164494592_331845813517572457_nMeet Jordan Lange, a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences from Erath, Louisiana.  I Jordan is involved in LSU Ambassadors and served as an Orientation Leader for the College of Science this past summer.

As winter break comes to an end, it is time to return to Baton Rouge for the start of the spring semester. I am sure that students are currently getting last minute things together in order to prepare for the first day of school. I am sad that winter break is over, but I missed my home here in Baton Rouge and am excited to get this semester started.

I spent most of my break back home in the small town of Erath, Louisiana. It was great getting to visit with friends from high school and spend quality time with my family. I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and the opportunity to eat delicious home cooking in the weeks that we were away from campus. Being from South Louisiana and Cajun Country, I can assure you that I ate some delicious food including many servings of gumbo and rice and gravy. By far my favorite part of winter break was cheering on the LSU Football team at the 2015 AdvoCare Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas. Having the opportunity to watch Leonard Fournette score five touchdowns and to hear Callin’ Baton Rouge in NRG Stadium surrounded by thousands of Tiger Fans was incredible.12182481_990855720957436_2722092496713124772_o

It is time now for the spring semester to start and I could not be more excited to return to my home away from home, Baton Rouge. With spring classes beginning today, remember that you and your student have done this before. The freshmen class has made it through the first semester and is much more familiar with college now. My best advice for the spring semester is to hit the ground running from the first day. It can be hard for students to get back into a routine coming off a long break, but it is important for them to make a schedule as soon as possible. Always remember that the start of a new semester is a clean slate. Regardless of how your student did last semester or in semesters before that, spring 2016 is a new semester and gives every student a chance to put their best foot forward. Always remember that your student is not alone at LSU and that there are resources here to help including the Center for Academic Success, the Student Health Center, and the Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). These resources and the LSU faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students succeed at LSU.

For parents and families, my best advice is to always be there for your student. College can be very stressful and emotional at times, but it can also be the experience of a lifetime. I call my mom and dad often just to talk about things and share my experiences. My parents always send me words of encouragement before my tests and remind me that hard work and dedication will pay off later in life. As students, we are thankful for you, our parents and families, because we depend on you for encouragement and support.

I hope that everyone has a great first day and an even better spring semester. Orientation Leaders and Parent Orientation Leaders are always available to answer student questions. Love Purple, Live Gold, and Geaux Tigers!

 

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Finals Week Wrap Up

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My name is Cameron Frazier and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student from Lacassine, Louisiana. I am currently serving as the Head Parent Orientation Leader for the upcoming summer of 2016. I have also served as an Orientation Leader and a member of STRIPES staff in the past. My parents, Ralph and Peggy Frazier, also serve as members of the Family Association Council. I began my collegiate career as Political Science major hoping to go to law school before eventually switching to Petroleum Engineering then Mechanical Engineering. I might have extended my time here at LSU, but I am very excited to have some extra time loving purple and living gold!!

Finals week: another has come and gone. With any luck, there won’t be too many more of these in my future. It can be an extremely stressful time for any student and an equally joyful time when that last test is finally turned in and you can FINALLY focus on what that glorious winter break holds: family time that you might never admit you enjoy, breaking your personal record for hours slept, and eating your body weight in home cooked meals and sugar (or maybe that just describes me, not sure). Before that, though, I think back on this finals week, and the numerous ones that came before it. Again, if you ask any studentIMG_0627, chances are they will be adamant about the unreal stress they experience during this cruel week. Getting to a point where you can wrap up the week and eventually the semester can seem impossible at times. The crazy thing, though, is not everything finals week presents is awful and stress-filled. Believe it or not, some strangely wonderful memories come from this week. I seem to always find myself surrounded by my friends during these weeks, which may or may not be a great study strategy.
Either way there is something very comforting about being surrounded by your friends, knowing how vital it is that you all stay busy so you “survive.” We always find it impossible to search for open spaces in the library, so instead we scurry to a building in the quad and snag an open classroom. This is where the fun begins. By fun, I of course mean the unmistakable grind that every LSU student adopts during this week. We always agree to a predetermined amount of time that we will study without speaking to each other. I wish I could tell you we are generally successful in following this silent time, but typically someone rolls off something so hilarious it disrupts our entire workflow. Chances are it’s never actually funny; it’s just lack-of-sleep delirium kicking in. This in a nutshell, is the beauty of grinding through finals week. Is it stressful? Sure. Is it easy to freak out at the shear size of the to-do-list? Of course. But the work always gets done and the tests always get taken; if you’re lucky you may even have a few bright spots along the way. Regardless of what you are (student, parent, or family member), trust that process and count down the minutes until those glorious winter break events I mentioned. Or that might still be just me……

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Tigers come home for the holidays

Meet Wfambam2aite Reeves. He is a sophomore from Lafayette, Louisiana and is majoring in Marketing with a Concentration in sales and a minor in Psychology. Waite is involved with LSU Ambassadors and served as an Orientation Leader for University College: Center for Advising and Counseling this past summer.

As the semester draws to an end and finals are approaching, I find myself looking forward to the holidays so much more than before. Coming to LSU was never my first choice, but when I came to campus I realized that there was no better place for me out there. The atmosphere on campus really does make LSU feel like a home away from home, which is so great because it helps for a good transition for freshman but can also make traveling home that much more difficult. The newly discovered sense of freedom that accompanies becoming a college student is something to take advantage of and get caught up in. Personally, I wanted to get so involved on campus that going home was just an afterthought because I had school throughout the week and events almost every weekend. I didn’t realize it then because I was fambam3having the time of my life getting to know campus and the fantastic people that I’d met, but going home was something that I NEEDED to do.

Between school, work, and LSU Ambassadors, this semester has been one of the roughest for me yet. In between planning out every second of every day, multiple breakdowns/spiritual awakenings, and just the uncertainty of college, my family was one thing that always remained constant. I never realized just how fantastic having such a great support system that was removed from my immediate college experience could be. With that being said, every student comes to this conclusion at a different time in their lives, whether it’s two weeks after moving out or four semesters into their college career. This in no way means that your students don’t want to come home and spend time with you. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; we want to come home just as much as you want us there. Going home practically becomes a vacation once you’re in college because it gives you a break from the stress of school and provides ton of relaxation time.

fambamSome of the best advice that I can offer to parents and students is to just be understanding and keep an open line of communication with each other. So much gets lost in translation, and the separation after eighteen years of living under the same roof can seem like too much to handle. But don’t fret! Feel free to talk to your students as much as you want, but don’t forget to give them their space too because college is such a growing experience. When the holidays come around, make sure to make time to spend as a family, but also leave some room for visiting old friends from home and just allow everyone to indulge in a little bit of R&R.

 

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Homecoming 2015

11953298_10152918380441330_533209100083436720_oAs we celebrated Homecoming at LSU, the Homecoming Committee hosted a week worth of festivities for the LSU community to revel in their purple and gold pride. This year’s theme was “Let the Good Times Roar,” which LSU did from the start of the week through the Tigers win in Death Valley. To start the week off, the student union was decorated with banners created by various student organization that were entered in a banner competition. Purple and gold adorned each one, along with references to Mike the Tiger, Tiger Stadium, and even specific players. The residential communities on campus also joined in on the fun by decorating their lobbies to create a more prideful space for their residents. They were not the only ones decorating, however, departments across campus were welcome to participate in a door decorating competition, which allowed for the faculty and staff to also show their love for LSU. Having the LSU community – students, staff, and faculty – involved from the start of the week creating an atmosphere that boosted the Homecoming tradition really set the tone for all of the Homecoming festivities. On Monday of Homecoming week, the Residential Hall Association hosted an event entitled “SplatterBeat” in the Parade Ground, creating a very fun and colorful experience for those students who attended. On Tuesday, CANapalooza began its blitz build, where students could volunteer to recreate Tiger Stadium utilizing canned food items that had been donated from the LSU community, which were then donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the LSU Food Pantry. By the end of the week, 13,837 pounds of canned items to the Food Bank and 1,079 pounds of canned items to the LSU Food Pantry. The completed Tiger Stadium was showcased on the Parade Ground for all to admire on game day. On Wednesday, the Homecoming Committee hosted its 2nd Annual Field Day on the Parade Ground, which featured a student DJ, free treats for students, and interactive games including corn hole, ladder ball, an inflatable obstacle course, and many more. On Thursday, the Parade Ground was lively once again in support of the Homecoming Pep Rally and Block Party. The Pep Rally featured a welcoming from President F. King Alexander, the LSU Tiger Band, the LSU Golden Girls, the LSU Tiger Girls, and the Cheerleaders. Several athletic groups stopped by to join in on the fun and wish LSU a happy Homecoming. Also, the official 2015 Homecoming Court was announced and introduced to the LSU community. The night ended with a Block Party in the Parade Ground, allowing students to dance the night away. On Friday, the Student Activities Board hosted the Homecoming Concert featuring three student artists and the headliner, Tinashe. Saturday morning kicked off bright and early with the Homecoming Parade, where the Homecoming Court, student groups, and community members gathered and celebrated the Homecoming week with all of those who attended. This year’s Grand Marshall was Chuck Winstead, the 2015 National Champion Men’s Golf Coach. Following the Parade, a Tailgate and Battle of Bands were hosted in the Parade Ground to incite excitement before the game. During the game Bianca Webb and Michael Panther Mayen were crowned our 2015 Homecoming Queen and King! The week was concluded with a win against Western Kentucky with a final score of 20-48. Homecoming 2015 was a successful week for all students and alumni. We are already looking forward to Homecoming 2016!12052437_10152989218681330_5101923262147942200_o

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